(Dive Travel Business News October 21, 2011) -- Some of the worst flooding in decades has gripped Southeast Asia, and is inching its way towards Bangkok, news outlets reported on Thursday. Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday acknowledged that it was becoming increasing difficult to control floodwater approaching the Thai capital due to the sheer amount of water, the Associated Press reported. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - September 26, 2011) -- Travel blogs have become widespread in the last five years due to plethora of experiences and specialist areas available amongst the travelling public and writers. Blogs have also become an important tool for travel companies,particularly within the social media arena and the need for content-driven interaction.
Such is the blog’s significant growth in recent years that conferences dedicated to the subject are held annually, with even WTM getting in on the act this year in its Social Travel Mart fringe conference. But while we leave the discussion to those involved, travel companies are waking up to the power of blogs and the personal edge it can give a brand. read more »
(DiveTravelBusinessNews.com - Nov 21, 2009) -- While many industry watchers conjecture that the Internet will take over the traditional travel industry with online booking engine companies, more than 75% of the 2700+ travel industry respondents to a new travel industry study believe travelers want personal service and won't all be booking online.
According to the new research, conducted by Amadeus, what the Internet is doing is producing increasingly well-informed travelers who do significant online research before they book a trip. These travelers also share their personal travel expertise through blogs, discussion forums, social networking sites like Facebook and personal travel reviews found at sites like TripAdvisor. Some report their experiences on-the-fly via their Blackberry or nearby Internet Cafe. This emerging segment, dubbed the "Amateur-Expert Traveler," is more knowledgeable, more adventurous and more likely to thrive in an emerging economy than ever before, Amadeus says. read more »